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For other uses of the term FIB, see FIB (disambiguation)
For the GTA 2 counterpart, see Special Agents.
For the 3D Universe counterpart, see Federal Bureau of Investigation.

We're corrupt in a good way.
Dave Norton

The Federal Investigation Bureau (FIB) is a law enforcement agency in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing in all of the HD Universe games.


The FIB is based on the real-life Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is suggested that, just like the real-life FBI, the FIB has the role of an internal intelligence agency and a federal criminal investigative body. As seen in Grand Theft Auto V, they also do domestic surveillance and counterterrorism. They may also be involved in other affairs, given the fact some of the UFOs that appear high above San Andreas after 100% Completion is attained will display the initials "FIB" on their upper hull when approached.

The FIB replaces the FBI from previous games. However, in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the FIB makes a reappearance, although this change takes effect on the ped models; the corresponding vehicles still retain the "FBI" acronym on their names.

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes of Liberty City

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With the wanted level system in Grand Theft Auto IV changed, FIB officers appear at four stars, unlike their 3D Universe counterparts, who chase the player at five stars. At four stars, small groups of the FIB officers will arrive in FIB Buffalo sedans to assist the LCPD. Their attacks will become more frequent at five and six stars.

Similarly to NOOSE agents, FIB officers are equipped with body armor, allowing them to withstand more gunfire before going down. Their appearances may vary from every FIB NPC and they do not use any protective gear during pursuits, aside from the aforementioned body armor.

The agents employed by the FIB are often late-middle-aged Caucasian men, unlike the LCPD and NOOSE, who employ young to middle-aged Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic officers. These agents wear different types of uniforms; some wear random clothes with a navy blue jacket with the FIB logo, while others wear black suit pants with a white collared shirt, a black sweater vest and a gold badge around their neck. All FIB Agents carry their FIB badges on the neck. FIB agents are expert drivers and doggedly follow the player.

In certain missions in both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the FIB Agents employed are of African-American, Caucasian and Asian descent and wear different apparel, such as suits and ties, overcoats, blue FIB track coats and others who wear a tactical vest with the letters "FIB" printed in yellow on the front and the back.

In The Ballad of Gay Tony, the FIB closed a website for gold-buying. The website was (only accessible in TBoGT), and due to complications between the FIB and the online store, the FIB shuttered the website, making the store unavailable for a 'temporary', undisclosed amount of time.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, after gaining a four-star wanted level, the FIB will be dispatched to the area to assist the LCPD in killing the player.

They will drive black FIB Ranchers and carries Micro SMGs on foot (same weapon as the NOOSE officers). The FIB Agents attack the player similarly to NOOSE officers. Although hard to see, they seem to wear a similar clothing from that of the GTA IV equivalents, wearing grey/blueish jackets with brown pants. In some cutscenes, they are also depicted with blue caps with the letters "FIB" in white, as well as blue jackets.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online


The FIB returns in Grand Theft Auto V, playing a major role in the game storyline. Unlike previous games, the FIB will not pursue the player during regular police chases, being replaced by NOOSE units. They are, however, more prominent in missions. The FIB is a prominent antagonistic faction in the game, along with Merryweather Security.

There appears to be different divisions which uses different outfits and behavior:

  • The first one is a security division, where the agents wear tuxedos with their FIB ID cards attached to it. They do not have any specialized gear and only use basic firearms.
  • The second one is a division composed of agents wearing blue jackets with "FIB" decals (which look like the FIB agents in GTA IV), and another with a suit and tie and blue bulletproof vests with "FIB'"decals. Like the agents in tuxedos, they use basic firearms.
  • The third one is a tactical division, which uses the same model as the NOOSE officers, but with FIB decals on their vests rather than "POLICE" decals, indicating they are independent of the LSPD and are under the FIB's command. It is based on the real-life FBI SWAT. It is suggested that they are dispatched in case of extreme situations (such as hostages, etc.); however, in GTA V, they are seen defending the FIB Headquarters and raiding areas such as the Kortz Center on FIB agents' order. They use almost the same arsenal as NOOSE agents.

The FIB employs Gruppe Sechs guards similarly to the NOOSE.

Basic Behavior

  • FIB agents are well-protected with Body Armour and do not lose health very quickly. However, unlike the NOOSE, they do not rely on any specialized gear.
  • FIB agents tend to move alone towards the player, like most LCPD officers. This contrasts with NOOSE behavior, where they move together as a unit. However, it also means they can flank the player easily.
  • When pursuing in FIB Buffalos, they prove to be dangerous at higher wanted levels, as they can perform drive-bys with their SMGs (or Assault SMGs in The Ballad of Gay Tony). Given the sedan's ample room for drive-bys, that means three attackers attacking at the same time towards the player's vehicle, easily damaging the player or an unarmored car with the rather powerful SMG.
  • Like NOOSE agents, FIB agents will disappear off camera when the player has no Wanted Level.

Employees and Associates


James Smith

  • Michael De Santa is a successful bank robber who retires from his "job" after Dave Norton offered him a deal: to fake his own death during a set-up heist and allow Norton to take credit to boost his career, in exchange for a state-funded retirement in Los Santos.
  • Trevor Philips is Michael De Santa's partner in crime who gets blackmailed into assisting the Bureau due to his criminal activities.
  • Franklin Clinton is a young gangbanger who aids Michael in several of his jobs involving the Bureau in order to advance his own criminal career.
  • Billy Grey is a former President of the Alderney Chapter of The Lost MC who agrees to testify against his former friends in order to get time off his prison sentence, but is killed before being able to do so.

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Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Lost and Damned

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Executives and Other Criminals
The Diamond Casino Heist
Los Santos Tuners
The Contract



  • The agency's initialism is a play on words since fib is a synonym of lie, which probably hints towards corruption within the organization. This seems true as almost all of GTA V's story is based on working for a corrupt division of the FIB. It might also reference the fact that the real-life FBI is legally allowed to lie.
  • On being asked by Niko at their introduction if the United Liberty Paper is actually FIB, the contact replies sarcastically asking if he looks like a homosexual, which might be a reference to the semi-confirmed homosexuality allegations of the FBI's first and longest serving director, J. Edgar Hoover.

Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes

  • The four stars on the FIB seal is a reference to GTA IV, where the FIB may be dispatched after the player if they have a wanted level of 4 stars or more.
  • Unlike the NOOSE, the FIB does not employ the corresponding helicopters during high wanted levels, being instead occupied by LCPD officers. However, in the TLAD mission Marta Full of Grace, it is the only instance to see an FIB-operated Annihilator, also with gunners wielding Assault Rifles.
  • Although in the mission Blow Your Cover, there are only NOOSE agents, Playboy X will yell "This some serious FIB shit".

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • FIB agents share the same dialogue with LCPD officers and NOOSE (taken from IV and Liberty City Stories) instead of having unique dialogue, and, as such, will refer to themselves as police officers (eg: "Police, get the hell out of the car!" when trying to pull the player out of the car and arrest them).

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Outside of missions in GTA V, FIB agents in tuxedos (the ones that appear as enemies in The Bureau Raid) are not considered law enforcement. When FIB agents are angered and start shooting at the player at the satellite dishes, no wanted level is obtained. When the police arrive at the dishes and the player gets rid of their wanted level via cheats, the cops and FIB agents will shoot at each other. The agents alone might shoot at each other.
  • The fact that some of the UFOs seen in GTA V have FIB markings is a parody of the conspiracy that the U.S. government is hiding alien life from the public eye, and the conspiracy that the U.S. government has been hiding secret aircraft based on UFO technology from public attention.
  • Female FIB agents can be seen in the Comms Floor of the Headquarters if the Fire Crew option has been chosen for The Bureau Raid.
  • The FIB tactical agents encountered later in the game will increase the NOOSE killed statistic, since they are technically re-skinned NOOSE agents.
  • The FIB tactical teams in the mission The Wrap Up have a difference in both versions:
    • In the original version, they wear helmets, goggles, and balaclavas.
    • In the enhanced version, they only wear balaclavas. It was reverted back to the original version in a later patch, but the goggles are strapped on the helmet.
  • FIB agents can be seen using IAA agents' model during The Bureau Raid (Roof approach).
  • It appears that the FIB has a rivalry with the IAA. It mirrors the real-life rivalry between the FBI and the CIA/NSA.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Eight suits (four for male and four for female character) with FIB ID Badge can be obtained in GTA Online Heist Prep: Hacking Device, and can be saved to outfits.
  • The FIB appeared in certain missions in Grand Theft Auto Online often appearing alongside police. Also, in GTA Online, the FIB has seem to have ties with The Professionals, as seen in the mission Rooftop Rumble.
    • The agents with bulletproof vests were able to be selected in Capture Creator. With the Last Team Standing Update, these agents have been replaced by IAA actors for some reason. However, they were added again with the Heists Update.

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